Tuesday 15 September 2009

European Eid on 20th or 21st?

`Eid Al-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, will fall on Sunday, September 20, the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) announced citing astronomical calculations.

“According to astronomical calculations, there is hardly any chance of sighting the new moon of Shawwal in the evening of Friday, September 18, in any place in the world,” the ECFR said in a statement mailed to IslamOnline.net.

“Therefore, Saturday, September 19, will be the last day of Ramadan and Sunday, September 20, will be the first day of `Eid."

The holy fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, began in most countries on Saturday, August 22.

`Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of fasting, is one of the two main Islamic religious festivals, together with `Eid Al-Adha.

After special prayers to mark the day, festivities and merriment start.

During `Eid days, families and friends exchange visits to express well wishes and children, wearing new clothes bought especially for `Eid, enjoy going out in parks and open fields.

According to Crescent Moon Watch, Europe will only be able to see moon on 20th night hence the Eid will be on 21st.

Lets hope that we celebrate it on the correct day.

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